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Coroner out since October on medical leave

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Coroner has been out of the office on medical leave since October, but she maintains that the office is running smoothly.

Dr. Anne Majewski declined to elaborate on the nature of her medical leave, nor did she say when she anticipated a return.

She has not been in the office since Oct. 27. Before she left, Majewski coordinated with county’s information technology department to work remotely from home, which she started doing Nov. 4. She says that she still is involved with the office’s day-to-day business.

When reached for comment, staff at the Coroner’s Office suggested sending her an email. Majewski responded to two emails sent by the Northwest Herald.

“I have had full access to all information and regular contact with my staff, enabling me to fulfill all my duties as Coroner, including, but not limited to, the review of all case documents, payroll and budgetary responsibilities, writing press releases, and responding to correspondence,” Majewski’s email read.

Majewski did not answer a question about her anticipated return, and McHenry County Administrator Peter Austin, to whom Majewski informed of her medical leave, didn’t know either.

“They thought she would be back by now,” Austin said. “It’s still undetermined when she’s going to be returning to the office.”

In her absence, the primary on-call deputy coroner runs the day-to-day operations. The office has 24-hour phone access to her, she said.

Majewski, a Republican, took over as coroner in December 2012 after running for the seat unopposed. Longtime coroner Marlene Lantz did not seek another term.

Majewski earns $104,750 a year as coroner.

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